Hedgehog resources

Standing-Hedgehog-Illustration

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Hedgehog resources

General resources

Find below a selection of freely downloadable resources covering topics from hedgehog ecology to planning.

Very Useful Hedgehog Conservation Information

Download our Very Useful Hedgehog Conservation Information Guide to find resources and links to hedgehog conservation material

Hedgehog Ecology

Download our Hedgehog Ecology Guide to find out all about our prickly friends and their life cycle

Hedgehog Decline

Download our Hedgehog Decline Guide to find out the reasons why hedgehogs are falling in number

What do hedgehogs eat?

Download our What do hedgehogs eat? Guide to find out about a hedgehog's diet and information about feeding them

Hedgehog-Friendly Gardening

Download our Hedgehog-Friendly Gardening Pack to find out ways to make your green space a habitat haven for hedgehogs and other wildlife

How to Footprint Survey

Download our How to Footprint Survey Guide to find out how to use a tunnel to see if hedgehogs are using your garden

How to Identify Footprints

Download our How to Identify Footprints Guide to learn how to ID footprints that you have found in your tunnel

Bonfire Night

Download our Bonfire Night leaflet to find out ways to help hedgehogs when building a bonfire

Badgers and Hedgehogs

Download our Badgers and Hedgehogs Guide to find out all about the complex interaction between these two mammals

Farming with Hedgehogs

Download our Farming with Hedgehogs Guide to find out to help hedgehogs on farmland

Neighbourhood Planning

Download our Neighbourhood Planning Guide to find out ways to include hedgehogs in your plan

Hedgehogs and Development

Download our Hedgehogs and Development Guide written with the People's Trust for Endangered Species and the British Hedgehog Preservation, to find out ways to factor hedgehogs into new developments

Children's resources

The freely downloadable resources below are aimed towards children and families and include a mix of information and activities.

Ten Point Plan

Download our Ten Point Plan to learn ten simple tips to make your garden hedgehog-friendly

Fun Facts

Download our Fun Facts to learn interesting facts about hedgehogs alongside images from our #adventhog campaign

How to make a wooden Hedgehog House

Download our How to make a wooden Hedgehog House Guide to follow instructions and make a lasting home for visiting hedgehogs in your garden

How to make a plastic Hedgehog House

Download our How to make a plastic Hedgehog House Guide to follow instructions and make a simple but effective home for visiting hedgehogs in your garden

Match the Footprints

Download our Match the Footprints Activity Sheet to learn more about the footprints that our British mammals make

Hibernation

Download our Hibernation Activity Sheet to learn about the long "sleep" that hedgehogs undergo in the winter

Hedgehog Word Search

Download our Hedgehog Word Search Activity Sheet to find six hedgehog-related words in the puzzle

How to make a Hedgehog Cake

Download our How to make a Hedgehog Cake Guide to make a delicious hog-shaped chocolate treat

Colour in Hedgehog

Download our Colour in Hedgehog Activity Sheet to design your own hand-printed hedgehog

Project reports

Download our reports below for the Help for Hedgehogs Campaign and Hedgehog Improvement Areas Project.

2014 Help for Hedgehogs Campaign Report

Download our 2014 Help for Hedgehogs Campaign Report to read all about the beginnings of our hedgehog work

2015 Hedgehog Improvement Area Project Report

Download our 2015 Hedgehog Improvement Area Project Report to read all about the first year of the HIA project in Solihull

2016 Hedgehog Improvement Areas Project Report

Download our 2016 Hedgehog Improvement Areas Project Report to read all about the introduction of the Rugby HIA to the existing Solihull HIA project

2017 Hedgehog Improvement Areas Project Report

Download our 2017 Hedgehog Improvement Areas Project Report to read all about the progress of the Solihull and Rugby HIAs

2018 Hedgehog Improvement Areas Project Report

Download our 2018 Hedgehog Improvement Areas Project Report to read all about the progress of the HIAs as they near an end

Hedgehog Improvement Areas Learning Document

Download our Hedgehog Improvement Area Learning Document to find out what worked well and what was more challenging in our HIA project, especially if you are planning to start a hedgehog project of your own

Videos

Watch videos about hedgehogs, focusing on interesting behaviours and ways to help them.

Credit Simon Watts / WILD Presentations

Learn how we check and mark hedgehogs at night with numbered plastic tubes to help us monitor local populations.

Credit Deborah Wright

Pick up some tips on how you can improve your garden for hedgehogs and other wildlife - your garden does not need to be ‘messy’ to be hedgehog-friendly!

Credit Deborah Wright

Learn how we survey for hedgehogs at night and monitor them at our “hedgehog hub” sites in Warwickshire. Watch our Senior Hedgehog Officer take you through the process.

Watch this compilation of video footage, showing hedgehog behaviours and interactions with other wildlife.

Credit Deborah Wright

Watch our Advent Hog 2017 video from our social media #adventhog campaign. It is a compilation of a series of short videos for each day of December in the lead up to Christmas, helping to raise awareness about issues faced by hedgehogs.

Credit Tara Higgs

Watch our Advent Hog 2018 video from our social media #adventhog campaign. It is a compilation of a series of short videos for each day of December in the lead up to Christmas, helping to raise awareness about issues faced by hedgehogs.

Links

Find below a list of useful links to other organisations and resources featuring interesting information about hedgehogs. Please note that these external website are not necessarily "endorsed" by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and we are not accountable for any information on these sites.

  • The British Hedgehog Preservation Society offers help and advice about poorly hedgehogs, maintains a list of UK rehabilitators and hosts a range of downloadable posters and leaflets.
  • The People’s Trust for endangered Species works to protect ecosystems and threatened species, including hedgehogs. They have compiled a useful list of summaries of scientific papers about the European hedgehog. You can also download the West-European hedgehog Conservation Strategy and the guidance for detecting hedgehogs using footprint tunnels.
  • Hedgehog Street is a campaign bringing together people, gardens and hedgehogs. You can learn all about hedgehogs, sign up to become a hedgehog champion and download the latest State of Britain’s Hedgehogs report. You can also add your hedgehog sightings and hedgehog holes to their BIG Hedgehog Map.
  • The Mammal Society advocates science-led conservation. You can find out information about hedgehogs and other mammals.
  • The Royal Parks works with the Zoological Society of LondonGarden Wildlife Health Project, the Central Royal Parks Wildlife Group and Dr Nigel Reeve and Professor John Gurnell to survey the hedgehogs in Regent’s Park, London. You can report a sighting, sign up to be a ‘Hedgehog Hero’ and adopt a hedgehog.
  • Wildlife Watch is the junior branch of The Wildlife Trusts. You can become a member and get involved in lots of activities. They have a range of free downloadable activity sheets, including making compost, making a footprint trap and making a hedgehog home.
  • Wildcare sells Mammal Society footprint tunnels if you would rather buy than make your own.
  • Wildpro is an electronic encyclopedia and library for wildlife, including lots of information on our West-European hedgehog.
  • Pro Igel, the Association for Integrated Nature Conservation in Germany advocates conservation of the West-European hedgehog and hosts a website packed full of hedgehog information.
  • Wildlife Online is an educational hobby website including some highly readable hedgehog information.
  • The #AmazingGrace campaign, centred in Surrey, aims to save the UK's hedgehogs and ensure that they are able to establish healthy, thriving populations. The website includes information about hedgehogs, hazards and gardens.
  • The Gardener's Corner section of this website provides a guide to protecting our nation's hedgehog.